SOUVENIRS TO COFFINS IN MERCATO

My visit to Mercato, allegedly the largest African market, was attention-grabbing. The vastness of the market and its different sections permit foreigners to go with locals, as it is easy to get lost and pick-pocketed. However, it was amazing to see the various articles for sale from souvenirs to coffins. The walkway throughout the marketplace was narrow and filled with young boys and young men transporting goods on their heads to locals and merchants buying wholesale and individually. Many transporters had piles of garbage cans for sale on their heads, yards of fabric, huge boxes with merchandise for sale, house appliances, etc. The hustle and bustle of the marketplace included vendors from many different regions giving me perspective into the different features and cultures within Ethiopia.

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